Former President Barack Obama kicked off the first day of 2018 open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act with a video encouraging people to sign up. The video was shared by the group Get America Covered, which is overseeing an effort to jumpstart ACA enrollment. The group was formed last month by former Obama administration officials who oversaw ACA enrollment at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Why it matters: It's highly unusual for a former president to advocate for one of his signature legislative achievements as his successor continues to actively attempt to undermine it.

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Post-debate poll finds Biden strong on every major issue

Joe Biden speaks Friday about "The Biden Plan to Beat COVID-19," at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

This is one of the bigger signs of trouble for President Trump that we've seen in a poll: Of the final debate's seven topics, Joe Biden won or tied on all seven when viewers in a massive Axios-SurveyMonkey sample were asked who they trusted more to handle the issue.

Why it matters: In a time of unprecedented colliding crises for the nation, the polling considered Biden to be vastly more competent.

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The murder hornets are here

A braver man than me holds a speciment of the Asian giant hornet. Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.

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